Music: Tegan & Sara Mugen Fest 2014 & the After Show

Tegan & Sara, an indies act who’s become fairly popular and mainstream with their latest album, Heartthrob, performed three shows in Japan last weekend.  Western musicians come and go all the time in Japan, but their tour stop in Japan was particularly notable because 7 years had passed since their last visit.

A couple of my friends and I made the the trip out to see them play in Yokohama & Tokyo, and both times definitely topped my list of memorable concernts.  So for any other Tegan & Sara fans, or those interested in the Mugen Festival put on by Asian Kung-Fu Generation every year, keep reading!

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Getting Your Glam On: Exfoliation for Your Feet

Smiley Foot

Summer is just getting started, and you know what that means:  barefoot beach weather!  I’m not really big on covering my feet more than I have to, so every since I was little I’ve always looked forward to sandal season.  Or that is, I used to look forward to it until I first moved to Japan.  After a few years of teaching on my feet for 8 hours or more a day, my feet were starting to look pretty gnarly, and I didn’t really have time to take a pumice stone to them every week.

Then a really nifty little product came out by Liberta brand, called Baby Foot.  It works by using fruit acid to peel layers of dead skin, corns, and bacteria off your feet.  It’s easy, safe, and natural.  I tried it once and was hooked!  In fact, it became so popular in Japan it’s been internationally released and many other companies have started putting out their own versions.  So I thought I’d use today’s blog update to show you how Baby Foot works along with a couple of its copycats.

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Sailor Moon 20th+ Anniversary, New Remake & Musicals

© Jacko W Castillo

© Jacko W Castillo

So I don’t know about any of ya’ll, but I was a total moonie growing up.  One year I went to summer school to take courses to get ahead in school, and the girl that sat at the desk next to mine first introduced me to the show.  Sadly I never saw her again after out courses finished, and I can’t even begin to recall her name, but her love of Sailor Moon she shared with me that summer wove itself into my future endeavors, and is still with me today.

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How to Keep Your Cool During the Rainy Season

It’s that time of year again when stores start putting out the rain boots and umbrellas, you can hear the frogs croaking out in the rice paddies, and hydrangeas are abloom!  June through early July means rain and humidity, and the rainy season can really put a damper on things if you’re not prepared.

Especially if you’re a wife in Japan like me, even doing things like laundry or hanging out the futons can become a monumental task when you can never catch a weekend where they won’t get soaked hanging outside.  But don’t worry- keep reading on for some tips on how not to keep the rainy season from becoming a total wash.

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The Most Magical Place on Earth, Tokyo Disneyland

© J // Washing Rice Blog

© J // Washing Rice Blog

Even if you’ve never been to a Disney theme park before, I recommend going to Tokyo Disneyland at least once.  One thing is for certain, if you’ve ever visited Japan for any significant amount of time, you know that Japanese people love them some Disney.  As proof of this, Tokyo Disneyland is visited by more people annually than both original parks in the U.S. and any other franchise park in the world.  Why is Disney so popular here?  Sadly I’ve yet to unlock that mystery, because neither Mr. J nor I are big Disney fans.  Still, when Mr. J got us a free pair of Disneyland tickets for renewing his life insurance plan we decided not to waste the opportunity for a nice date, and so at the end of May we found ourselves on a bus bound for Tokyo Disneyland.

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